From the Principal
Semester is a German word, but is derived from the Latin; 'sex mensis' which means six months.
I offer this mainly to state happily that we have fit an awful lot into the first semester, and I cannot believe that we are already half way through the year. Sticking with etymology - the origin of the word 'College' is collegium - which broadly translated is 'to work together in partnership'. I find that definition really heartening.
I was speaking to a parent at the Junior Athletics Carnival on Tuesday about how fantastic our students are in their conduct, teamwork and general attitude. They do model a really pleasing team spirit almost all of the time. It is evident in classrooms, in the playground and in their more relaxed interactions. As pointed out by the Chairs of the Parent Partnership Forum in this newsletter, the positive environment the children create starts with their parents as their first educators and is helped along by the teachers who - as partners in education - support learning. I have been really pleased with how that partnership is evolving this year.
I had the opportunity this week to address our Year 10 students on their Career's Retreat. We initiated this activity in 2019, with a view to expanding the horizons of our students and to aligning their senior subject choices to the different, exciting pathways that are on offer. My vision is that they feel - all of them - that they have strong agency in their decisions. I spoke to them of a vocation - a calling - and the fact that this is no longer considered about Holy Orders or a sacramental life. Rather, I want them to feel called to a career, in a way that enables them to be authentically fulfilled. Really, it is our goal for all of our young people; that they are formed to make an amazing contribution to their world.
Please let me thank you for all of the ways you have supported us at the College. We have had a wonderful semester full of positive things. With more Covid restrictions relaxing I am looking forward to more activities at the College and more chances to interact with families on site. Thank you so much for your patience whilst we have dealt with that.
I hope you have a safe and restful break.